Stoke City: Fans have their say on Stoke's defeat at Arsenal
AFTER the poor away performances we have endured over the past few weeks I didn't expect many Stokies to travel to The Emirates, so it was a pleasant surprise to see a really good turnout.
It was the Gunners fans who stayed away as there were many empty seats all around the stadium.
I don't think many of us enjoy our annual pilgrimage to The Emirates.
And after the poor Stoke performances we have endured both home and away recently, the consensus among visiting fans was that we were going to get hammered. To be honest, I wasn't optimistic either.
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However, this was a much better performance than I expected, with more commitment, and much better defending.
Arsenal had their chances, but Asmir Begovic was up to the challenge and pulled off three tremendous saves to keep them out.
The goal was a strange affair as first it was, then it wasn't ... and then referee Chris Foy predictably said it was.
Unfortunately, I left the Emirates confused as to why a two-footed tackle on Michael Owen resulted in a free kick to the Gunners.
SUE BRYAN Meir Park
I DIDN'T feel like paying Arsenal's inflated admission prices just to see us park the bus. Although we didn't do that, we still had 10 players behind the ball for most of the game.
It was a mixture of Asmir Begovic's heroics in goal, some good defensive work and poor finishing by the Gunners that kept the score even.
It took a controversial goal – some Stokies thought an Arsenal player was in an offside position – as the ball flew in to the net off a Stoke player in the defensive wall. Game set and match to Arsenal. We played like a rabbit stuck in a car's headlights.
DAVE HARRISON Eaton Park
ALTHOUGH The Emirates is very new, it is still cold when there is a strong easterly wind blowing.
As expected, we started with a lone striker. Unexpected was Geoff Cameron playing in midfield.
The Gunners came at us in full force, with Asmir Begovic needing to pull off a couple of fine saves.
Controversy surrounded their goal. Had the old offside rule still applied it would have been disallowed, but such is life.
Putting three subs on at the same is not a usual tactic for TP, but we had nothing to loose. Unfortunately, it was a case of too little, too late.
ROGER DAVIS Stafford